Morecambe boss Jim Bentley was full of praise for his side after the shock early-season leaders maintained their impressive form.

The Shrimps extended their unbeaten run to eight league games with a battling victory over John Still's struggling side, although they were made to sweat as the Daggers staged a late revival after Oliver Lee's 73rd-minute goal brought them back into the game.

Bentley said: "It's superb to be at the top and the lads have been magnificent but we all know there is a long, long way to go and we are just taking every game as it comes."

He added: "This was always going to be a tough game for us because Dagenham are a tough side to beat on their home patch. But we looked solid and when we got to 2-0 up we should really have been able to see the game out.

"But they got back into it with a free-kick that shocked us a bit and they really went for it late on. But we hung on and it was another excellent win for us."

Daggers boss John Still felt his side showed a great improvement on recent performances.

He said: "We were not under any real pressure but they scored twice in quick succession and that was disappointing.

"The first goal was a really bad one to give away and the second one came from a mistake from our keeper which was unfortunate because he had a good game overall.

"But we came back and although I think the goal was a fluke we ended the game in the ascendancy and could have got something from the game.

"It was certainly a better performance and I know that when we have a bit more luck with injuries and other things start going for us we will do okay."

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